Dammit! I said I wasn’t going to do this, and yet here I am typing away about what promises to be the worst film of the year – Sex and the City 2. Now, to be fair to myself, this isn’t entirely about the movie – in fact – the movie is merely a catalyst for this little rant. I haven’t seen the film, and honestly since the last one was so terrible, I have no plans to subject myself to its sequel. Even IF Liza Minielli is in it. No, this blog entry is about…well.. the problem with feminists. Hear me out.
A dear friend of mine sent me THIS ARTICLE rightly thinking it would interest me. And boy did it. The article claims that reviews of SATC2 are unjust and “sexist” because some reviewers are making horrible comments – not about the film itself, but about the actors looks. She goes on to call it misogynistic. Um…
Right off the bat I had a problem with the author of this piece. She obviously doesn’t know jack about cinema since one of her complaints about SATC2 was “overlong set pieces”. What the fuck does that even mean? She goes on to say, “Oddly, though, for a film written by a man, the critics’ insults were reserved for women, in a dazzling display of put-downs.” Beg to differ hun. In almost every review I have read the fact that the script SUCKS is written about, and written about a lot. Although SHE seems to be the only one pointing out that the script was written by a man. So, strike one.
She then complains that words like “greedy, faithless, spoiled, patronising . . . morons” are sexist and have nothing to do with reviewing the film. Sorry toots – gonna have to disagree with you again. The SATC franchise is built around 4 women, sex and clothes. Its in the fucking title. When a reviewer states: “These girls are so hung up on looking great they’ve forgotten there are several ways to be ugly.” it is a completely fair review of a film that bases entire plot lines around looks. Calling the Samantha character a “blonde slut” is not sexist, it is observant. Is it nice? no. And it ain’t sexist either. The film panders to women and women are buying it. I think if we are going to put on a day-glo halter and sleep with half of Manhatten, we can’t get upset when someone calls us a slut. We can’t go crying ‘SEXIST” every time someone calls us ugly. Heck, when the last Indiana Jones movie came out most film reviewers noted how OLD and WRINKLED and OUT OF SHAPE Harrison Ford was, but nobody said that was sexist.
The writer then proceeds to diminish any integrity she has by comparing SATC2 with the likes of Roman Polanski, and Lars Von Trier. She calls these men “rapists” and “famous misogynist”. W O W. These are two of the greatest directors of our time, but she boils them down stereo-types, which I guess is an alright thing to do as long as you are a woman.
Lars Von Trier is an amazing director and his films do in fact show brutality towards women – but if she thinks that is what his films are about then she is missing the point entirely. His films are centered around women. He LOVES women! He used his production company to spearhead “female friendly” porn! And, maybe she needs to sit down and watch “Dogville” which brutally shows the intolerance of American society. His films show how difficult women have it, and what it might be like to love someone with passion and intensity. And don’t get me started on Polanski! She says, “Reviewers do not appear to despise a real
rapist such as Polanski, but they do seem to despise four fictional women who are portraying mildly silly lives.”So, now we are supposed to DESPISE Roman Polanski – a man who has directed some of the most ground breaking cinema EVER because of his past. Thats a great idea. Even the victim says she had “gotten over it a long time ago“, and wants the charges dropped.
If being a feminist means that women are always right, and that I have to hate men for no good reason, or for someone else’s reasons – then I don’t want to join the club. Sometimes women are UGLY. It doesn’t make me a sexist to say so. What makes you sexist is to think that men are bad and women are awesome – even when they are not. Calling an actress ugly is not a crime. If you make a movie about looking good and being sexy and you don’t deliver then you had better brace yourself for the nastiness that will follow.
Now, I think I am going to watch Rosemary’s Baby. A movie that REALLY changed fashion, feminism and cinema. And was directed by that rapist.